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Penny Sanchez

Penny Sanchez
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Living In: Kansas, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy
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About this Cook has been my go-to recipe box for more than six years. Reading tips and reviews from other cooks has given me the confidence and freedom to experiment with my cooking and my family has benefited.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook desserts, but unfortunately in my family, I am most likely to eat those desserts, so I have eased up on those over the years. For entrees, barbeque, Mexican and Italian are often on the menu for the day. I will try to keep those healthy and at a minimum complement those with nutritious side dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
So much of cooking is about traditions, isn't it? Christmas always comes to mind, in my home growing up, we had a long list of Christmas baking and candy recipes that I still use today.
My cooking triumphs
I grew up in a German/Irish/English family. Our spice cabinet did not go far beyond salt and pepper. In my early adulthood, spices sat in my own cupboard for years, eventually losing their flavor. Over time, I have grown to love full-flavor in recipes and depend on spices to differentiate my dishes. My favorite source is Penzeys. If you have a store in your area stop in, go straight to the cinnamon jars and take in the aroma. It is the best way to discover that not all spices are the same. I encourage everyone to grow a few basic herbs - parsley and oregano for example and also have the confidence to experiment with flavor in your dishes.
My cooking tragedies
I once cooked a Rachael Ray chicken parmesan meal allotting 30 minutes. Two and 1/2 hours into it, I was worn out. It was my first realization that not all RR meals are 30 minutes. More than doubling the recipe didn't help either.
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Greek Style Garlic Chicken Breast
I am giving this 4 stars, mostly because the meat came out tender. Used 1/2 the oil and doubled the lemon. Added fresh herbs, but still would like more flavor. I left it in the marinade just short of a day.

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Reviewed On: May 27, 2012
Greek Pasta Salad I
This was a hit for a smaller gathering at our home. I made a big batch. The nonpasta salad lovers enjoyed it, and everyone gladly took some home. I stayed true to the base recipe with minor changes. First, I used rotini pasta and fresh herbs instead of dried. I included a leaf of sage and a bit of rosemary with the listed herbs, chopping them all together finely. Replaced green onions with chopped red ones. Skipped the pepperoni. Thanks Behr. Pasta salads usually aren't a go-to dish for me, but I will definitely make this again.

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Reviewed On: May 27, 2012
Kim's Spinach Strawberry Salad
This was a 3 star for me as written. I tweaked it by adding about 3/4 tsp dried mustard powder to the dressing to make it a 4 star. That filled out the flavor and added a tiny bit of heat. I let the dressing sit overnight. It would be helpful to know if the cashews were raw or roasted and salted. I used raw cashews in the dressing and then added 1/2 tsp of salt. For the salad itself, I roasted the remaining 1/2 cup cashews in the oven for 5-10 minutes (watch them carefully) and chopped them once cooled. Next time, I will roast all of the nuts. Overall, this was a good change up on the standard spinach strawberry salad. Thanks for posting caramommy!

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Reviewed On: May 27, 2012

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